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article imageMen Banned From Selling Lingerie In Dubai

By Carolyn E. Price     Apr 15, 2007 in Lifestyle
Across the Arab Muslim world, men are now being banned from working in shops that sell women's lingerie.
The Sharjah emirate of the United Arab Emirates has banned men from selling lingerie in stores and all retailers have now been advised that only women should be hired for this sales position.
"We have issued instructions to all shops and shopping centres to hire only female employees to sell women's garments, and it must be abided by", said Ali Bin Salem Al Mahmoud, Director General of the Sharjah Economic Development Department. The Department reports that it has already shut down 10 shops for not complying with the new rule.
During the campaign which was held earlier this month, 40 shops were found flouting the rules and 10 shops were forced to shut down, he said. At present, other emirates in the country do not have a similar rule. "Getting women salesmen is difficult", said one shopkeeper. The ruling follows similar laws in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Kuwait issued a similar order in January of this year that banned men from working in shops selling women's lingerie. That decision was issued by the ministry of social affairs and labour and it gave businesses until April 7 to implement the ban or face fines of up to $700 for each man that was found to be working in the shop. Kuwait said that special inspectors from the ministry would enforce the ban.
I love the quote from the shopkeeper when he says it is hard to get "woman salesmen" to work for them.
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